Thursday, September 16, 2021

Birch Planet Diagram

A Megastructure diagram that didn't make the cut. The Birch Planet ended up too scifi and not enough science, but if it could exist, each shell would have different time flows, slower time towards the center, faster time towards the edge

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gaea

The terrain generator Gaea by https://quadspinner.com/ is sure a lot of fun to play around with. Going for some crazy alien landscapes.
 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Megastructures Update #9 Sept 2021

Welcome to the September update on the Megastructures book project. So after the successful Kickstarter, we're making a ton of progress. Here's the major news.

1) I did a rough print of the book at Staples, which I like doing before handing the book to the official printing company. The print quality isn't great of course, but it gives me a physical object I can hold in my hand to make sure that formatting and text is the right size. Figuring this out is almost impossible on a computer screen. After the test print, I realized my main text was slightly too large, and so I made an adjustment. This is a great way to catch some of those last little issues before the more expensive / higher quality prints get made.

2) After that test, I finished my final edits and the book has been handed in to the printer. They will be printing Proofs soon, once they're approved, mass production on the book will begin.

3) I have signed with a distribution company that will be handling sending all the books out to all of you.

4) I've started on the hand drawn spaceships, 14 done so far of the 26 I need to fullfill the people who bought the spaceship drawing kickstarter tier, so just over half done.

That's the latest, next news should be once I receive the proofs, will share the results once I have them, then off to printing 1200 copies! Thanks for all the support!

- Neil

Monday, September 13, 2021

Space Habitat Size Comparison

Did these diagrams on the dimensions of various space habitats for a presentation, figured you may enjoy it too. The first one is focused on the shapes of the space habitats, this one is a direct size comparison. Yes, the O'Neill Cylinder is huge :)